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. >>> and this afternoon, the senate decides whether to raise the debt ceiling for the next few months. in the bill, an interesting provision that would hold the members' pay if they failed to pass the budget by february 15th. >>> all right, tornados tearing through the south and the midwest is digging out. bill karins is sorting through this for us. >> unfortunately we had the first tornado fatality in this country in about 220 days. that had been a record. the story this morning is what's happening behind this storm that's exiting the northeast this morning. the windchills and the cold, i mean, winter has returned with a fury. it is like winter was mad at the big warm up we had a couple days ago. minus windchill of 32 in fargo. a couple spots are close to minus 50 in north dakota. a little bit of cold air in billings, but the air is not going to make it through all of the rockies. we are looking very quiet behind this big storm as we are watching cool conditions and snow flurries in the midwest. they went flying across the country. there will be major airport delays in the northeast and new engla
indicators in terms of what the economy is doing. that debt ceiling vote the senate has approve it, the house already did so we can borrow morgan to pay our bills through may. congress at that point will have to deal with it again. richard? >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. new yorkers are waking up to the news of the passing of an icon, one of the city's and nation's most outspoken and popular politicians, ed koch has died of congestive heart failure. he served in world war ii and later was elected to three terms as mayor of new york city. ed koch dead at the age of 88. dramatic and contention day of testimony for senator charlie hagel. >> reporter: john mccain seized on hagel's opposition to the surge in iraq. >> the question is, are we right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> reporter: over his 2008 comments related to israel that a quote jewish lobby intimidate a lot of people in congress. >> name one person in your opinion who is intimidated by the israeli lobby in the united states senate. >> well, first
final approval today to a measure that would at least put off the debate over raising the debt ceiling. this measure suspends the government's borrowing limit to may 19th. the national debt will be pushing $17 trillion. in other words, it's really washington's version of kicking the can down the road. the president is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> now to the economy and the financial markets. stocks fell a bit today with all three major indexes modestly lower. but for the month, the dow was up almost 6%, the best since january in '94. nasdaq gained 4%, s&p just over 6. its best january since '97. what is the market surge trying to tell us when mixed in with some bad news out there, as well? and on the eve of another big jobs report? our report from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: 25-year-old kory wilson can tell you, it's not easy looking for a job. she has applied for 200 since earning a master's degree in public relations last may. >> being a post graduate, either i'm overqualified or i'm underqualified. >> she is looking for work, but the economy seemingly poised to e
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